An icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway Calloway has been a staple within music-news for more than a decade. Already a vanguard radio personality, record producer and hip-hop artist, Sway joined the MTV News team in 2000 and has been front and center for some of music’s biggest moments.
Sway first caught the public’s eye when he and his partner King Tech staged break dancing and rap performances in and around their hometown of Oakland, California. Recognizing Sway’s instincts for great sound and promising talent, Interscope enlisted him and Tech to produce an album called This or That, featuring artists such as Eminem, KRS-One and RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan.
He is the key correspondent for MTV’s Choose or Lose campaign and newly launched Power of ’12 campaign for the channel. Since his involvement, he has interviewed various political leaders like Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie, Hillary Clinton, Ron Paul, John McCain and Mitch Romney. The 2008 presidential campaign presented stellar opportunities for Sway. Throughout the course of the campaign, he sat down with President Barak Obama four times. In 2012, Sway and MTV captured another memorable moment with President Obama that garnered millions of watchers.
Sway’s other MTV News endeavors have included the “All Eyes” series which featured top artists like Kanye West and 50 Cent, “MTV News Now: Jay-Z vs. Nas: Beats, Battles & Beef,” “MTV News Presents: After the Storm” and the highly anticipated yearly Hottest MC’s list.
Sway is an integral part of MTV News’ annual live-event coverage of the MTV Video Music Awards, Grammy pre-show and the European Music Awards (EMA). Sway also serves as an MTV Executive Producer and brings new programming ideas to the station. He also includes additional duties with MTV2 and host of the weekly MTV Radio syndication show that airs in over 50 plus cities across the country.
His work continues throughout the nation and community where he has been a part of various panels and discussions hosting and moderating on important issues like Hate Crimes, Racism and Education.
Lastly, be sure to listen Monday through Friday on Sirius XM’s popular morning show, SWAY IN THE MORNING on the Shade45 channel entertaining the “Citizens” from 8am-12pm (est.)